Spencer Allen Hickley

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Captain Spencer Allen Hickley, Royal Navy (2 September, 1870 – 27 September, 1914) was an officer of the Royal Navy with a curious talent for getting in trouble with the Admiralty who died shortly after the start of the First World War.

Life & Career

Hickley was the son of Rear Admiral Henry D. Hickley.[1]

Hickley was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 1 September, 1890.[2]

On 11 July, 1893, Hickley was loaned to first-class torpedo boat T.B. 34 as Lieutenant & Commander, for manoeuvres.[3]

Hickley was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1901.[4]

On 11 December, 1902, he married Winifred Delia Edwards at St. James's Church, Paddington.[5]

Hickley was appointed in command of the scout cruiser Pathfinder on 2 May, 1905.[6]

Hickley was promoted to the rank of Captain on 1 January, 1907. That same month he was scolded for cancelling an exercise in which T.B.Ds. would attack Scouts on account of weather. He failed to inform the destroyers that the exercise was called off and they wasted the night searching for their prey. He was superseded in Pathfinder on 36 January.[7]

On 27 November 1908, he was appointed to succeed Stuart St. John Farquhar in command of the second class protected cruiser Doris. In May, 1910 he was reprimanded for failing, as prosecutor in a Court Martial, to cross-examine a witness. Worse, he soon incurred Their Lordships' "severe displeasure for entire lack of judgment and for the inefficient pilotage of the ship" in grounding her on 10 June, 1910 in Gibraltar Harbour. The Board concurred and acted to have him superseded in July, 1910.[8]

In April 1911, he assumed command of the corvette Encounter.

On 22 August, 1912, he arrived home in England and wrote an intemperate letter when an allowance for his baggage was not provided him. He was cautioned as to his conduct in such cases in future.[9]

Hickley was appointed in command of the first class protected cruiser Argonaut and for a group of ships of the Third Fleet on 6 December, 1913.[10]

He died on 27 September, 1914 in England. No detail has been found on his demise.[11][12]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
William E. Pauley
Captain of H.M. T.B. 34
11 Jul, 1893[13][14] – 17 Aug, 1893[15]
Succeeded by
Robert H. Llewelyn
Preceded by
New Command
Captain of H.M.S. Pathfinder
2 May, 1905[16] – 26 Jan, 1907[17]
Succeeded by
Wilmot S. Nicholson
Preceded by
William O. Boothby
Captain of H.M.S. Illustrious
5 Apr, 1907[18] – 1 Oct, 1907[19]
Succeeded by
Hugh H. D. Tothill
Preceded by
Stuart St. J. Farquhar
Captain of H.M.S. Doris
27 Nov, 1908[20][21] – Jul, 1910[22]
Succeeded by
Michael H. Hodges
Preceded by
Philip H. Colomb
Captain of H.M.S. Encounter
4 Apr, 1911[23][24] – 30 Jun, 1912[25]
Succeeded by
Bertram M. Chambers
Preceded by
John Nicholas
Captain of H.M.S. Terrible
10 Jun, 1913[26][27] – 6 Dec, 1913[28]
Succeeded by
Thomas F. T. Michell
Preceded by
William D. Church
Captain of H.M.S. Argonaut
6 Dec, 1913[29][30] – 27 Apr, 1914[31]
Succeeded by
Raymond A. Nugent
Preceded by
Francis G. St. John
Captain of H.M.S. Talbot
27 Apr, 1914[32] – May, 1914[33]
Succeeded by
Lockhart Leith

Footnotes

  1. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  2. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  3. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Monday, 10 July, 1893. Issue 33999, col D, p. 10.
  4. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  5. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  6. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  7. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  8. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  9. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  10. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 280.
  11. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  12. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 21.
  13. "The Naval Manœuvres". The Times. Monday, 10 July, 1893. Issue 33999, col D, p. 10.
  14. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  15. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  16. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  17. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  18. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  19. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  20. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 302.
  21. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  22. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  23. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  24. The Navy List. (April, 1911). p. 308.
  25. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  26. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 384.
  27. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  28. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  29. The Navy List. (April, 1914). p. 280.
  30. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  31. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  32. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.
  33. Hickley Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 108.